Nick Francis

“Being involved in UNC Charlotte’s marching band is for sure the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Nick Francis is a sophomore at UNC Charlotte, majoring in music education. After graduation, he plans to continue his education in pursuit of a master’s degree in percussion performance. This is his second year as part of the PNNMB Drumline, both years as a member of the snare line. This year, Nick accepted a Student Leadership Staff position as Drumline Equipment Manager. He is responsible for tuning the drums and ensuring everything is in good condition. In his free time, Nick likes to watch sports and play disc golf.

Nick is from Denver, NC and graduated from East Lincoln High School in 2015. He was a member of the East Lincoln “Mustang Band” for four years and the Indoor Percussion Ensemble for four years. With the marching band, he played auxiliary percussion for one season, vibraphone for one season and marimba for two seasons. With the indoor program, he marched bass drum for one season and snare drum for three seasons. He was also the Percussion Captain for one year. His favorite part about marching band has always been getting to drum with his best friends.

Here’s what Nick has to say about the PNNMB:

“Being involved in UNC Charlotte’s marching band is for sure the best thing I’ve ever done. Nothing has compared to playing on a drumline full of my best friends. Getting to cadence to, and inside the stadium is one of the coolest feelings anyone can experience. Playing behind the horn line and hearing the crowd cheer for us is just awesome. There are so many advantages to being on board with this group. I am so grateful to be part of such a fast growing and outstanding organization.”


By Dr. Chesley Black, Student Leadership Program & Media Director